* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release

LARAMIE -- Wyoming redshirt sophomore Jimmy Dales was named the Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Week on Thursday. It is the first MW Golfer of the Week honor of Dales’ career. 

Playing at the No. 1 position for Wyoming, Dales led the Cowboys to the team title at the inaugural Wyoming Desert Match Play to begin the 2022 spring season on Feb. 11-12 in Palm Desert, Calif. 

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In the championship match of the Wyoming Desert Match Play, Dales won the deciding match in leading No. 5 seed Wyoming to an upset 3-2-1 win over No. 2 seed Boise State. Dales, playing in the final group of the tournament, birdied the final hole of the match to defeat his opponent 2UP. That win secured the team title for the Cowboys.

Wyoming opened the match-play event as the No. 5 seed out of eight teams. In the opening round, Dales won his match 7&6 to lead the Cowboys to an opening round win over No. 4 seed Denver. The match was decided on a tiebreaker of total holes won after the Cowboys and Pioneers tied 3-3-0. 

In the semifinals, Dales was part of a Cowboy team that upset the No. 1 seed San Francisco 4-2-0. San Francisco had concluded the 2021 fall season ranked No. 29 in the country by Golfstat.

A native of Northville, Mich., Dales left Wyoming’s win in Palm Desert and traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in an elite field of 17 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers at the Genesis Invitational College Showcase on Monday, Feb. 14. The tournament was played at the legendary Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, with the winning golfer earning a spot into Tiger Woods’ Genesis Invitational. 

Dales shot an impressive even-par round of 71 at Riviera and finished in fifth place at the 2022 Genesis Invitational Collegiate Showcase.

The winner of this week’s Collegiate Showcase was Michael Brennan of Wake Forest University. Brennan fired a five-under par 66 to win by two strokes over RJ Manke of the University of Washington, 68 (-3). David Puig of Arizona State University and Soren Lind of the University of San Francisco tied for third at 69 (-2). Dales and Jacob Cook of the University of Kentucky tied for fifth at 71 (Even). 

The rest of the field included: Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest, 73 (+2); Cameron Henry, USC, 74 (+3); Andy Lopez, Texas Tech, 74 (+3); Garrett Wood, Kentucky, 74 (+3); Ethan Mangum, William & Mary 75 (+4); Kyle Hogan, Texas Tech, 75 (+4); Mark Power, Wake Forest, 76 (+5); Max Ting, Princeton, 77 (+6); Justin Biwer, Colorado, 78 (+7); Wyatt McGovern, Columbia, 79 (+8); and Lincoln Johnson, Minnesota, 80 (+9).

Dales has enjoyed an outstanding season in 2021-22. He placed in the Top 25 individuals at five of the six tournaments Wyoming played during the 2021 fall season.  Dales also led the Cowboys in stroke average in the fall of 2021, averaging 72.28 strokes per round.

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